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Comment: Re:How are those kind of things patentable? (Score 1) 406

by dfghjk (#46463947) Attached to: Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

"If Compaq had put a cellular radio in an iPaq, we would have had Windows Phones circa 2000, LONG before the iPhone."

We did have Windows phones long before the iPhone. We also had Palm phones and Symbian phones long before iPhone. There was an entire market full of such devices. Compaq was not needed to make that happen.

Those phones all had web browsers, too. Apple didn't invent that either, nor did Opera.

Apple's innovation with the iPhone was (a) a touchscreen keyboard that worked with your fingers, and (b) a platform that didn't crash daily. The form factor had already been done as had the basic UI. The iPhone wasn't even a smartphone at its introduction. It took another year before you could write apps for it.

Comment: Re:er, not really (Score 1) 406

by dfghjk (#46463881) Attached to: Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

By the time the iPhone came out, there was no one competent at Palm (if there ever was any). Smartphones at Palm weren't created there anyway, they were bought in the Handspring acquisition.

"Head of UI team" at Palm is not a qualification nor would such a person recognize that they had been ripped off. They weren't involved in their own products to begin with.

Threaded text messaging was another Palm innovation stolen by Apple. Bet the head of UI didn't know that either.

Comment: Re:Holy cow, a decent idea! (Score 2) 597

by dfghjk (#46245305) Attached to: Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

This is, of course, the correct answer and one that has been known for ages. This is how primary education is done and is the motivation for land grant colleges. College used to be affordable in-state or even free.

We don't need to invent a new solution, we need to return to what we used to have. Restore education as a public service, it should not be a profit center and our kids should not be turned into indentured servants.

Comment: Re:Why do Free/Open Source gurus use Google+? (Score 1) 169

by dfghjk (#46146517) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Gives 'Thumbs Up' To Nvidia For Nouveau Contributions

From the article you linked to...

"Although not released until 1992 due to legal complications, development of 386BSD, from which NetBSD, OpenBSD and FreeBSD descended, predated that of Linux. Linus Torvalds has said that if 386BSD had been available at the time, he probably would not have created Linux.[32]"

A 386 BSD *had* "existed" but it's future was cloudy due to lawsuit. Had the timing of those legal questions been more favorable, there would be no Linux today.

Comment: Re:Price? (Score 1) 346

by dfghjk (#45985367) Attached to: 95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

"Anything that can run Windows 7 could run linux.
Anything that can run embedded Windows 7 would have no problem running linux.
Or OpenBSD."

And what support contracts do those come with?

Windows XP continues to run after the support contract ends. By switching to any of the ones you mention, they would simply be spending time, money and effort to move the support end date up to now.

Comment: Re:iPads do support HTML5 (Score 1) 234

by dfghjk (#45818337) Attached to: Is a Super-Sized iPad the Future of Education?

"To me, the term "mobile browser" brings up the specter of the old browsers one typically found in phones before the iPhone..."

So the problem is your understanding of what a mobile browser is.

The iPhone, in fact, defined the first mobile browser. Prior to that, phones tried to make browsers work just like desktop versions.

Comment: Re:"With its overtly Christian message" (Score 1) 1251

"The 10 commandments are of jewish origin, and are respected by muslims as well, since they are included in the quran. They didn't come from Jesus, so the 'overtly Christian message' comment just seems to be way off the mark and most importantly, it is technically incorrect."

What is hysterical about all if this is that it doesn't matter at all. It's all stuff made up by ignorant, primitive people thousands of years ago. The precise names we give to the people who originated it, as if we really knew, is irrelevant. Accepting your comments as accurate and meaningful implies there is a legitimacy to the topic that doesn't exist. It's the product of rantings of the deranges carried forward through centuries of ignorance.

Nothing came from Jesus since Jesus is a work of fiction. Doesn't mean there aren't "Christian messages".

Comment: Re:Fireworks in 3...2...1... (Score 5, Insightful) 1251

"The downfall of modern society is the illusion of strength that the internet provides."

Look who's talking!

People make so much noise about knowing what the definition of marriage is. Gays don't care about that, they care about equal treatment under the law. "Might makes right" seems reasonable when it's your own prejudices that are threatened.

When speculation has done its worst, two plus two still equals four. -- S. Johnson